Acronis Ghost

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Acronis supplies a 'plugin' that you use to make an ISO image file using the freeware BartPE builder. This is a 'Windows-like' environment that is based on core Win XP functionality (you have to have a XP installation disk to make this work). I guess I could still use Ghost 2003 for the partition copying; then use TI2010 to get a disk image. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine, Acronis products provide easy, complete, and safe solutions for data in local, remote, cloud, and mobile devices. When it comes to delivering the new generation of cyber protection solutions, Acronis is the undisputed leader. I have been using acronis 2013 to do system recovery in siematic wincc project using IPC5470 server. I normally use acronis CD and external hard drive with the programme backup for the recovery. I formated my external hard drive and put on it the same backup programme but now i cannot see my backup as TIB file, normally (blue clour).

In the complex landscape of IT management tools, it can be difficult to find, evaluate, and ultimately implement a perfect solution for your organization. SmartDeploy asked PassMark Software, a leading authority in software and hardware performance benchmarking and testing, to evaluate some of the most popular Windows imaging software solutions on the market: Acronis Snap Deploy, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, Symantec Ghost, and SmartDeploy. Check out the results.

Capture Image

When creating your master image it’s a best practice to start from a virtual machine (VM). Using a VM means you won’t capture any device specific drivers in your image that could cause problems at deployment time. Most tools use a physical device to create an image, but with SmartDeploy you’ll capture a VM using a simple wizard. Plus, capture occurs completely offline without using complex command-line interfaces.
Symantec Ghost: 17minutes
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit: 40minutes


Snap Deploy



Download & Package Drivers

Traditional imaging software requires dealing with drivers in one of two ways: capturing an image from a physical device to deploy only back to the same type of device, or having one large driver repository included with your image leaving it up to plug-and-play to determine the correct drivers to use.

SmartDeploy keeps image files and device drivers separate. Simply download the Platform Packs for the computer models you support and SmartDeploy will automatically run Sysprep and inject the correct drivers at deployment time.

Create Deployment Media

It’s important to be able to create different types of deployment media depending on your environment. USB or DVD media is a great option for low bandwidth or disconnected environments.
Acronis Ghost
Symantec Ghost: 18minutes
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit: 7minutes

File Size & Type

Larger file sizes mean more storage is required and can slow deployments. Proprietary file formats, like .GHO and .TIB, are inflexible and incompatible with other solutions. The Windows Image file format (.WIM), used by MDT and SmartDeploy, is a Microsoft standard, allowing for ultimate flexibility and reliability.

Deploy Image

Traditional imaging software usually requires maintaining a separate image for each computer model in your organization, resulting in a large image library that can be time consuming to manage and update. With SmartDeploy, one master image can be deployed to any hardware make and model. You can carry around a single USB stick with everything you need to reimage any device in your organization. Deploy your hardware-independent image to any endpoint in your organization using the same simple process. It’s that easy!
Symantec Ghost: 22minutes
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit: 25minutes

SmartDeploy saves you time with faster image creation and deployment

Symantec Ghost: 64minutes
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit: 111minutes

Hours to Deploy Multiple Machines

As the number of computer models you need to manage increases, the imaging solution you use can have a big impact on the number of hours required to complete your work.

Symantec Ghost, Acronis Snap Deploy, Microsoft Deployment Toolkit

You must decide how to architect and implement your driver management strategy. This may include creating model-specific images, writing scripted installs, or counting on Windows to have the correct drivers for each computer model.

Washroom space saver. SmartDeploy

Driver management is done automatically. You create one hardware-independent master image and SmartDeploy injects the model-specific drivers at deployment time.

Software tested:
SmartDeploy Enterprise v 1.1.1940
Symantec Ghost Solution Suite 2.5, includes DeployAnywhere
Acronis Snap Deploy 3 with Universal Deploy
Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 Update 1

Software to be tested was chosen by SmartDeploy. PassMark® tested the latest version of the software product that was available at time of testing. PassMark® Software Pty Ltd was commissioned by SmartDeploy in July 2011 to conduct an independent benchmark test for four different operating system imaging and deployment software solutions. PassMark® Software Pty Ltd is a leading authority in software and hardware performance benchmarking and testing. PassMark® specializes in the developing of high quality performance benchmarking solutions, as well as providing expert independent IT consultancy services to clients that range from government organizations to major IT heavyweights. David Wren, managing director at PassMark®, was the lead for this test.

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Shlomi Lavi / Jan 05, 2021

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Bottom Line: Which is Better - Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image Home?

Acronis True Image Home is more expensive to implement (TCO) than Norton Ghost, Acronis True Image Home is rated higher (80/100) than Norton Ghost (76/100). Both tools offer the same amount of features.

Looking for the right Security solution for your business? buyers like you are primarily concerned about the real total implementation cost (TCO), full list of features, vendor reliability, user reviews, pros and cons. In this article we compare between the 2 software products:

How Symantec compares with Acronis?

Symantec: Symantec helps consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help our customers – from consumers and small businesses to the largest global organizations – secure and manage their information against more risks at more po..

Acronis: Acronis can help you securely migrate, protect and recover critical data wherever it resides in your physical, virtual or cloud environments. With a Unified Platform and next generation technology, its innovative solutions are designed to ease the management burden and reduce total cost of ownership, while improving your recovery time objectives.

Who's more expensive? Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image Home?

The real total cost of ownership (TCO) of Security software includes the software license, subscription fees, software training, customizations, hardware (if needed), maintenance & support and other related services. When calculating the TCO it's important to add all of these 'hidden cost' as well. We prepared a TCO calculator for Norton Ghost and Acronis True Image Home.

Norton Ghost price starts at $70 per user/month , on a scale between 1 to 10 Norton Ghost is rated 2, which is much lower than the average cost of Security software.Acronis True Image Home price starts at $50 per month , when comparing Acronis True Image Home to their competitors, the software is rated 6 - similar to the average Security software cost.

Bottom line:Acronis True Image Home is more expensive than Norton Ghost.

Which software includes more/better features?

As with any business software solutions, it’s important to consider the features & functionality. The tool should support the processes, workflows, reports and needs that matter to your team. To help you evaluate this, we've compared Norton Ghost Vs. Acronis True Image Home based on some of the most important and required Security features. Norton Ghost: Data Import/Export, Basic Reports, Online Customer Support. Acronis True Image Home: Data Import/Export, Basic Reports, Online Customer Support.

Target customer size

The software is useful for home as well as commercial usage. Acronis True Image 2014 is suitable for home users with up to 3 PCs.

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Ghost Vs. Acronis

$70 per user/month
$50 per month
$40 per user/year
$19.99 per user/year

Acronis Vs Ghost

$1,500 per license

Acronis Ghost


Acronis True Image Ghost


Shlomi Lavi

Acronis Ghost Iso

Shlomi holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Information System Engineering from Ben Gurion University in Israel. Shlomi brings 15 years of global IT and IS management experience as a consultant, and implementation expert for small, medium and large size (global) companies.